Keyboard Collaborative Arts

Overview

Established in 1947 by celebrated accompanist Gwendolyn Koldofsky, the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program at the USC Thornton School of Music was the first of its kind anywhere in the world. With an internationally acclaimed faculty, and graduates who rank among the most notable leaders and innovators in the field of collaboration, the program has remained an influential force for over half a century.

Administered by the department of Keyboard Studies, the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program nurtures aspiring pianists by enriching and guiding them through their study of collaboration in chamber music, song repertoire and opera. In addition to regular study, students may choose to improve their strengths in foreign language diction or opera coaching. Keyboard Collaborative Arts students also are granted the rare opportunity of interacting with many of the stellar faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in other performance areas, including Keyboard Studies, Strings, Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Vocal Arts & Opera.

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Spotlights

event calendar

Upcoming events

  • Vive La France: A Collaborative Chamber Music Recital

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads faculty and students of the Division of Classical Performance and Composition in a program of French chamber music, featuring the Poulenc Trio, Saint-Saens Septet, and Franck Piano Quintet. Faculty performers include Bernadene Blaha, Glenn Dicterow, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Ben Hong, Thomas Hooten, Bing Wang, and Michele Zukovsky. They will be joined by Thornton students Lieza Hansen, Coleman Itkoff, Mann-Wen Lo, Sam Shukan, Justin Woo, and more.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Strings Open Performance Evening

    Students of Thornton's Strings program present an evening of solo and chamber performances.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Masterclass with Paul Katz

    Paul Katz, cellist of the Cleveland Quartet from 1969-1995 and current faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music, leads a chamber music masterclass with outstanding Thornton students.

    USC Brain and Creativity Institute's Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall (BCI)

  • CollabFest@USC: Keyboard Collaborative Arts

    In the culminating event for CollabFest@USC, a day-long symposium of masterclasses and colloquium presented by the Keyboard Studies department, alumni and guest artists will perform classics from the vocal and instrumental music repertoire, including a world premiere by Alan L. Smith. Alumni performers include pianists Joel Clifft, Mitsuko Morikawa, Elvia Puccinelli, and Lisa Sylvester along with guest artists including soprano Kathleen Roland, violinist Alex Russell, and flutist James Walker.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Showcase

    Chamber music ensembles from the Strings program perform movements from classic repertoire.

    MacDonald Recital Hall (MUS)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Winds & Percussion

    As part of a three-day festival, USC Thornton’s Winds & Percussion students present an afternoon of chamber music under the direction of Kristy Morrell.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Vocal Arts

    Lisa Sylvester leads students in the Vocal Arts department in an evening of vocal works from across the centuries in collaboration with instrumental performers.

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)

  • Chamber Music Festival: Strings

    Karen Dreyfus, director of chamber music at Thornton, leads students from the Strings department in two days of chamber works as part of this newly-revamped three-day festival. Tuesday, November 28 at 7:30 PM Wednesday, November 29 at 5:00 & 7:30 PM

    Newman Recital Hall (AHF)


  • all USC Thornton faculty

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